Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B Flat Screen TV

Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B Flat Screen TV Wall Mount Bracket for 32-65-Inch Plasma LED LCD TV

Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B Flat Screen TV Wall Mount Bracket for 32-65-Inch Plasma LED LCD TV
The APTMM2 flat tilt mount features a slim 1.4" profile from the wall to the back of your
display. Additionally it has 0-15 degrees of tilt. The APTMM2 mount is constructed with 100% High Grade Steel providing a sturdy and reliable mount. The APTMM2's wall plate allows for quick and easy installation and will support a wide variety of stud applications up to 26" apart. The APTMM2 mount will fit the majority of LCD and Plasma Displays up to 65". Most LCD and Plasma displays 65" and smaller conforms to the VESA Standards
and this mount will support most odd sized hole patterns that do not conform to the VESA Standards. For more information on what exact hole patterns this mount will fit please see the Hole Pattern Coverage in specifications section.

Technical Details
  • Hole Pattern Coverage: 26" Horizontal by 15.75" Vertical or VESA 100x100, 200x200 , 300x300 , 400x400, 400x600 and 400x660
  • Unit Weight: Net: 4LBS Gross: 4.5 LBS
  • Unit Materials: Arms, Wall Plate and TV Plate: 100% High Grade Steel
  • Tilt Range: 15° Downward
  • Wall Plate Screw Slots: 1.5" Wide by 0.5" Apart

Just installed my 42" Plasma in our bedroom, and here's my take:

This is actually a high-quality, very sturdy mount. When I took it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised.

Now, here is the REST of the story...

The directions that come with this kit are mediocre at best. The pictures are vague, and only after wrangling with this pile of metal did I figure out how this thing is supposed to be assembled. First of all, the included drywall anchors are NOT drywall anchors at all -- they are masonry mollies, and won't work with standard residential drywall. Thanks for telling me before I put 4 gigantic holes in my wall, Cheetah!

So if you're using this in your home, here's what you need to do: 1. Assemble the rack on the floor/table/bed/whatever, and make sure it is square. 2. Find the wall studs, and mark them lightly with a pencil. 3. Hold the mount up on the wall where you want it, and the make sure the holes (not the "obvious" 4 holes) align with the stud marks. Adjust as necessary. 3. Level the mount horizontally, and drill pilot holes into the studs (make sure you are on-center!) and drill THROUGH the appropriate holes. 4. Use the included lag bolts to affix the assembled rack to the wall with an impact driver. 5. Attach the vertical bars to the TV, and then hook them on the installed rack. 6. Slide the mounted TV left/right, and tighten the clamps once the preferred angle is achieved. 7. Carefully screw the lower set screws into place (which hold the TV in place in the event that it gets bumped). PHEW! It took some elbow grease, and some joint compound to patch the errant holes, but once I figured this thing out, it actually made sense. I'd love to re-write the instruction booklet for these guys, but now that this thing is on the wall, it's STAYING there! I was just at <a commercial retailer> today, and they have the EXACT same mount, under a different brand name, for $140.00. Had I purchased their product, I'm sure this review would be a tad more negatively biased.

There is also extra hardware included in this package, which I found distracting, and made me wonder if I was misreading the instructions. From reading other reviews, all I can say is that I empathize with those who struggled with this kit.

The bottom line: It works, it's sturdy, it's flexible. The instructions are lacking, which leads to frustration, but your average DYI person can pretty easily figure this out. Would I buy it again? Yes. In fact, I AM going to be buying another one real soon for the basement setup.

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